Lieutenant Alfred Elder Stewart

Lieutenant Alfred Elder Stewart

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Friday, March 9, 1973

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Alfred Elder Stewart

Lieutenant Alfred Stewart was shot and killed while searching for the suspect who had shot and killed California Highway Patrol Officer Larry Wetterling earlier in the day.

He was shot and killed as he arrived at a gas station at the junction of Highway 138 and I-15, in Cajon Pass, at approximately 8:05 am. The subject had just murdered the gas station attendant. Lieutenant Stewart exchanged shots with the man but was fatally wounded. A passerby who witnessed the shooting shot and wounded the subject.

The man was convicted of three counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death. His conviction was later overturned and reduced to life.

Lieutenant Stewart was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 39
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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48 years ago I was a rookie Deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and had the misfortune to be assigned to guard Gerald Youngblood, while he was wounded in the Infirmary.
Even though the California death penalty had recently been repealed which made him eligible for parole, Youngblood spent the rest of his life in prison, having been denied parole 9 times and died in prison in 2014 after having also been denied a medical compassionate release.
Having been directly involved, I will never forget the sacrifices of the Lt. Stewart and CHP Wetterling and their families.

Paul B Murray
Former SBCSD Deputy

April 5, 2021

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